State economists Monday shaved nearly $270 million off their estimate of what lawmakers will have to work with in next year's budget process, even as election-year calls for extra spending continue and as a threat looms of a Zika hit to Florida's economy.
The dust settled only months ago on the once-a-decade project of redrawing Florida's congressional and legislative districts to account for population changes. But because of the lengthy legal battle that followed the Legislature's original efforts at drawing the lines, the beginning of the next redistricting process is less than five years away.
The conversation across America might have been focused on the presidential race or the upcoming Rio Olympics --- but in Florida, everyone was abuzz about Zika.
The mosquito-borne virus had been a nagging presence for a while, but in the week after the first homegrown cases of the disease were disclosed, talk took off about the sickness with a funny name and serious consequences.
Ever since NBC's Tim Russert wrote "Florida Florida Florida" on a whiteboard during the tumultuous 2000 presidential election, the state has emerged as one of the most significant battlegrounds in the race for 270 electoral votes --- at least in popular imagination.
But in 2012, after President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney poured immense resources into Florida, the state was consigned to a footnote. Obama wasn't definitively declared the winner in Florida for a couple of days --- long after he had clinched re-election.
After last week's raucous and divisive Republican National Convention, Democrats opened their convention Monday looking to present a striking contrast in unity as they prepare to nominate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president. There's always Day 2.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hosted a "Florida Grown Breakfast" for the state's Republican National Convention delegates in Cleveland Tuesday and sought to highlight some of the products he oversees.
Florida Republicans gathering in Cleveland for the national party's convention heard a dire message to kick off the week: The presidential candidate they will officially nominate during the four-day meeting would lose the election right now.
"The first thing is, if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton wins," said Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who spoke Monday morning to a Florida GOP delegates' breakfast near Cleveland.
When it came to news, it was hard for Florida to get a word in edgewise this week.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. There was a brutal terror attack in the French city of Nice. And on Friday, an attempted coup in Turkey threw into grave doubt the future of one of America's NATO allies.
In her 23 years in Congress, Jacksonville Democrat Corrine Brown has faced challenges before, from highly touted Republican recruits to questions about her ethics. But she has emerged time and again, winning 12 elections --- almost all of them blowouts.
And in Washington, Brown pushes to fulfill her campaign slogan --- "Corrine Delivers" --- by bringing home spending for a district that has more than its share of low-income neighborhoods.
Longtime Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was indicted Friday on charges that she and a top aide used a sham education charity to pay for personal expenses and luxurious events, allegations that pose the most serious challenge yet to her 23-year congressional career.